| Jun 14, 2012
| 1:37 PM
What are your summer plans? Plenty of people prefer some quiet, idle time in a hammock or lounging beside the body of water of their choice. And what better time to relax with a good book? Here is a selection of books to keep you occupied no matter...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 8:41 AM
World Book Night is coming to the U.S. in 2013 with the imprimatur of James Patterson and Ann Patchett. The bestselling authors are serving as honorary chairs for the single-day book giveaway in which half a million books will be distributed for free....
| Dec 1, 2012
Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
| Dec 1, 2012
Never mind the Morlocks. For a book lover, the most chilling scene in the 1960 screen adaptation of "The Time Machine" is the one in which the Time Traveler is taken to the decrepit library of the Eloi race. "I can learn all I want about you from books,"...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Bardball didn't start from a deep love of poetry, but from a swelling revulsion of Barry Bonds.
In 2007, friends were emailing scathing limericks back and forth about the chemically enhanced slugger. They were too funny to waste, so Stuart Shea and I...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 11:08 AM
Ten Years Ago
Destructive winds battered La Caņada for a 36-hour period in early January 2003, uprooting trees and downing power lines. Two homes, one on Lombardy Drive and the other on Angeles Crest Highway, sustained heavy damages when large trees...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 10:49 AM
We are a group of mothers and sons in Riverside who have met since summer 2002.
Our sons were all friends entering fourth grade, and one of the moms suggested starting a book club for the boys. We all thought she was crazy because we didn’t think...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Just in time for the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Times' books staff has created an interactive map of Literary Los Angeles, a work in progress. We’ve gathered passages from more than two dozen books set in and around L.A., as...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 4:47 PM
My first real job out of college was at a wholesale hardware company.
I started out as the sales manager, though at 25 I knew nothing about sales or managing. The scuttlebutt around the office was that the owner hired me because he thought I was a...
| Jun 6, 2012
There's simply not enough time to read Ray Bradbury's entire body of work (even if you don't have a fireman with a flamethrower banging on your door), so why not zero in on some of the books that stunned audiences and laid the foundation of his fame?...
| Jun 6, 2012
It's common knowledge that science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday at age 91, was an inspiration to writers and filmmakers. Less obvious are the musicians who drew on Bradbury's work to fuel songs and concept albums. Times pop music critic...